The BDRA wish to introduce a new regional qualifying system for the 2019 season, this regional system will run alongside the current ‘Qualifying Event’ format which we currently use. The idea with a regional qualifying process is that it stimulates the grass roots development of the sport and gets more people involved. Pilots who may not be ready for the pressure of the larger events, but who might feel that placing highly in their local region or even just attending one or two structured races may be an aspiration goal, and a first step on the rung to racing more competitively.
- The regions within the United Kingdom are enlarged and split into 6 regions (detailed map coming soon)
- Midlands & North Wales
- South West & South Wales
- South East
- Northern Ireland
- Each region must have at least 5 races which can be a mixture of ‘National Qualifying Events’ and ‘Regional Qualifying Events’.
- Points earned as a BDRA member attending a NQE will go towards both your National Ranking and the Regional Ranking.
- Points earned as a BDRA member attending a ‘RQE’ will go to your regional ranking.
- Each region can have multiple ‘Regional Series’ by different organisers, the minimum amount of races in a series is 3.
- There is no requirement for a ‘Regional Series’ application to be submitted by the 1st March 2019 as previously stated.
- Regional Series ‘Finals’ may apply for NQE Status if they meet all necessary requirements.
- NQE’s require a minimum of 30 pilots where as an RQE’s race only requires 24 pilots.
- The total amount of ‘British Championship’ positions awarded to a region are determined by both the amount of series races and the amount of QE races that are held in that region.
- We propose 1x BC position for each series race and 2x BC position for each QE that is ran in the Region with a maximum of 8 positions per region being awarded for 2019.
- Once British Championship positions have been awarded to the top regional pilots the remaining spots (Estimated 30) will be awarded to the top pilots on the national leaderboard.
- Non members (who attend NQE’s) will NOT appear on the national leaderboard.
- All competitors will appear on the regional leaderboard but only BDRA members will be allocated positions at the end of year ‘British Championship’
It may sound like a lot to take in initially but its pretty straight forward, if you race at at a NQE or RQE then it automatically goes towards your points for that region and gives you the opportunity to qualify for a spot at the British Championship at regional level. As previously any NQE races you attend anywhere in the country will go towards your national points score and again give you the opportunity to be invited to the British Championship should you rank high enough. We will be publishing both the regional and the national leaderboards on the BDRA website, you will also find them on IFPV once the season starts.
- What happens if I qualify on both regional and national leaderboards?
Your regional ranking is used. The BC position you earned at national level would go to the next pilot on the national list.
- What if my region doesn’t have the minimum 5 races required for a ‘Regional Series’?
There would be no BC positions awarded for your region however any NQE races held in your region still earn pilots points on the national leaderboard
- What if I become a BDRA member after I have already completed some race events?
Only races you competed in after you become a member will earn you points on national leaderboard. On the regional leaderboard there will be a column for all results from all competitors (both members and non members) and a 2nd column for points gained since you became a member.
- Why is this change happening when you have already reviewed the rules for 2019?
After having several application for regional series from different organisers we looked into the rules a little closer and realised that they needed to be more inclusive regarding regions, the old rules gave exclusivity to the organiser who applied early and locked out anyone wanting to apply after 1st March. We understand that not everything can be planned 6 or even 12 months in advance. The new rules give more flexibility for different race organisers in a region to all contribute to that regions qualifying process, also reducing the minimum amount of series races to 3 from 5 for a single organiser should encourage more organisers to get involved in ‘Regional Series’.**Map for illustration only, an accurate regional map will be issued soon.